Academic Career and Research Areas
The research of Prof. Schön is focused on the optimization of agricultural processes through the integration of molecular biology technologies. This primarily involves the use of molecular markers in breeding crop plants. Her work is also concerned with the characterization of native biodiversity and the identification of its functional characteristics as well as the development of optimized breeding strategies for complex properties.
Prof. Schön (b. 1963) studied agricultural sciences at Hohenheim University and Oregon State University, USA. After receiving her doctorate, she worked at KWS SAAT AG, after which she served as Director of the State Plant Breeding Institute at Hohenheim University, where she completed her postdoctoral studies in the field of plant breeding in 2006. She has held a full professorship at TUM since 2007. Prof. Schön is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, member of the senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and member of numerous national and international scientific advisory councils. She played a leadership role in establishing Synbreed, an interdisciplinary network for genome-based breeding research on plants and animals.
- Bavarian Order of Merit (2018)
- Max Schönleutner Medal (2016)
- Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Medal of TUM (2009)
Key Publications (all publications)
Mayer M, Hölker AC, González-Segovia E, Bauer E, Presterl T, Ouzunova M, Melchinger AE, Schön CC: “Discovery of beneficial haplotypes for complex traits in maize landraces”. Nature Communications. 2020; 11: 4954.Abstract
Haberer G, Kamal N, Bauer E, Gundlach H, Fischer I, Seidel MA, Spannagl M, Marcon C, Ruban A, Urbany C, Nemri A, Hochholdinger F, Ouzunova M, Houben A, Schön CC, Mayer KFX: “European maize genomes highlight intraspecies variation in repeat and gene content”. Nature Genetics. 2020; 52: 950.Abstract
Unterseer S, Bauer E, Haberer G, Seidel M, Knaak C, Ouzunova M, Meitinger T, Strom TM, Fries R, Pausch H, Bertani C, Davassi A, Mayer KFX, Schön CC: "A powerful tool for genome analysis in maize: development and evaluation of the high density 600 k SNP genotyping array". BMC Genomics. 2014; 15: 823.Abstract
Bauer E, Falque M, Walter H, Bauland C, Camisan C, Campo L, Meyer N, Ranc N, Rincent R, Schipprack W, Altmann T, Flament P, Melchinger AE, Menz M, Moreno-González J, Ouzunova M, Revilla P, Charcosset A, Martin OC, Schön CC: “Intraspecific variation of recombination rate in maize". Genome Biology. 2013; 14: R103.Abstract
Wimmer V, Lehermeier C, Albrecht T, Auinger HJ, Wang Y, Schön CC: “Genome-wide prediction of traits with different genetic architecture through efficient variable selection“. Genetics. 2013; 195: 573-587.Abstract